| Teaching Philosophy || |
Teaching college enables me to engage fully in liberal arts education. My sense of the meaning of liberal arts is grounded primarily in my experience in the interrelated disciplines of English and the Humanities. In all my courses, throughout all the discussions in my classes, the ethos of liberal arts education informs the content, but, more importantly, it frames a process that is expansive and inclusive. Liberal arts education remains a vital way of engagement with life. In fact, I prefer to see myself as a specialist in interdisciplinary studies (which might sound like a paradox), remaining flexible and adaptable to new and creative ways to teach and to learn, committed to intellectual growth and the integration of knowledge.
My many years in public radio, as well as having a father who was himself a professor of literature and a lover of books, have given me a lifetime passion for words and literature and an abiding belief in the power of stories to open minds and hearts. I want my students to make their own discoveries, to see the world through another's eyes, and to find connections that yield wonder and respect, as well as a sense of responsibility and purpose. Thus I approach all learning, my own learning and the learning of my students, with open-mindedness and engagement.